About Us

We’ve been thrilling audiences since 2005… 

 

 

Some key facts:

 

  • Bray Air Display seeks to encourage young people to consider an exciting career in aviation.
  • It is a fantastic community-organised event that is the lead tourism event in Wicklow and is Ireland’s biggest air display.
  • One of Europe’s biggest airshows with over 100,000 people attending the two-day event in 2019. 
  • The event takes place along Bray’s iconic Victorian promenade with the magnificent Bray Head as the backdrop. 
  • The line-up includes the very best Irish and international aerobatic display teams and vintage aircraft. Previously featured RAF Red Arrows, Italy’s Frecce Tricolori, the Breitling Wingwalkers and our very own Irish Air Corp. 
  • On-the-ground family entertainment includes an amazing funfair, helicopter pleasure flights, Fan Zone, corporate hospitality as well as superb artisan street food – all in all, a great family weekend. 
  • The event experience is enhanced with live commentary.
  • Our official souvenir brochure is packed with fascinating articles and information about all aspects of the festival and is available to purchase across the weekend. 
  • Transport infrastructure enables easy access to the event.
  • It was recognised as ‘Best Festival / Event Experience over 50,000 people’ at the prestigious, national Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017, in 2018 and 2019 we won Silver in the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ category at the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards.
  • We continue to create a better, stronger event year on year, ultimately giving sponsors access to a massive national audience from the following categories: ABC1, C2 & D.
  • Our social media reach in 2019 was 4.8 million. The #BrayAirDisplay hashtag trended on Twitter over the event weekend with 1.9m impressions.
  • The festival was featured throughout the media which resulted in 370 stories on TV, Radio, Print & Online including RTE News, Virgin News, Ireland AM, 2fm, RTE Radio One, Today FM, Newstalk and other commercial/independent radio stations. 
  • It is estimated that the two-day event contributes €3.5 million to the local economy – Economic evaluation is an estimate using data compiled via a survey, hotelier/business insight analysis and corporate ticket sales. 

 

Our Sustainability Journey so far…

 

  1. We encourage spectators to utilise the vast public transport infrastructure options.
  2. If spectators are travelling by car we encourage them to car share where possible. This will help save money by sharing the costs, reduce the amount of traffic on the roads and help the environment.
  3. Our digital payment solution for pre-booking a car park space and Flight Deck – Our VIP experience is quick, efficient, effortless and eliminates the need for physical cash transactions.
  4. Our QR code check-in procedure for our official car parks and Flight Deck – Our VIP experience helps us on our paperless journey not to mention helping reduce the festival-goers ecological footprint as the physical paper billing and ticketing is replaced with electronic communications.
  5. We encourage spectators to bring reusable bottles and utilise our ‘Refill taps’ on site.
  6. We encourage spectators, festival participants, acts and all service providers to follow Leave no trace principles. We will use our social media networks to promote these principles to help create better awareness and improve behaviour.

 

See you in July… 

 

 

As well as the entertainment in the sky there’s plenty of action on the ground; where you can enjoy the thrills and spills of the Seafront Funfair, dine alfresco at our Food Village or even experience a breath-taking helicopter ride over Bray Head throughout the festival weekend, which kicks off on Saturday, July 23rd with the spectacular return of the #BrayAirDisplay on Sunday, July 24th 2022.

 

The #BrayAirDisplay would not be possible without the support and help of:

 

Our Partners

 

 

Our Sponsors

 

 

 

And especially the many State agencies and more who make this event possible:

 

  • An Garda Síochána
  • Bray Municipal District Council & all the staff
  • Bray Sailing Club
  • Dublin Airport
  • Dublin Bus
  • Irish Coast Guard
  • Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission
  • Irish Rail
  • Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)
  • Media outlets
  • National Transport Authority
  • Óglaigh na hÉireann – Irish Defence Forces
  • Order of Malta
  • Participating aircraft & airlines
  • Respective statutory bodies
  • The Irish Air Corps
  • The Irish Aviation Authority
  • The ISPCA
  • Transport for Ireland
  • Weston Airport
  • Wicklow Civil Defence
  • Wicklow County Council
  • Wicklow Fire Service
  • And the great support, enthusiasm and expertise from the many volunteers

 

To the people of Bray in particular the residents and businesses of Strand Road and surrounding areas we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued assistance, and support during and over the last 15 years.

 

The #BrayAirDisplay is managed by Bray Summerfest with thanks to our partners Bray.ie, Irish Air Corp, Weston Airport and Wicklow County Council. (bray.ie is a trading name of Bray Tourism).

Our Team

Our team includes highly skilled and experienced professionals ranging from project managers, event management, and specialised experts to designers:

 

  • Bray Air Display Director: Sé Pardy
  • Event Controller: Mick Glynn
  • Operations Admin: Terry Symmans, Andrea Gallagher, Mick Glynn and Rebecca Mc Kenna
  • Commentary: Michael Comyn
  • Marketing, Communications & Digital: Paul Carney
  • PR: Louise Cassidy
  • Hospitality: Wendy Walsh
  • Programme: Brady Graphic Design
  • Programme Distribution: Lorraine Bergin
  • ATC: Darren Pollard, Keith Mcevoy and their colleagues in ATC Dublin and ATC Baldonnel
  • FCC: Brian O’Sullivan, Dave O’Riordan and Daragh Gunning
  • Regulatory Liaison: Jason Phelan, Ruth Bagnell and Maria Sweeney
  • Offshore Ops: Irish Naval Service and the Bray Sailing Club
  • Transport: Michael Coughlan
  • Heli Marshallers: Kieran Cushnahan, Michael Bergin, Gerry Reidy, Rob Merrigan and Dave Collen
  • Heli Services: Executive Helicopters
  • Supporting Airports: Weston, Baldonnel and Dublin Airport
  • Comms: Jerry Dawson and Robert Daranowski

 

Have a look at our highlights previous years below: